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Yerkes Public Star Party Saturday April 11, 2015 - Sign up now!

posted Mar 28, 2015, 5:49 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:51 PM ]

Yerkes Public Star Party

Date:Saturday, April 11
Time:7:30pm - 9:30pm
Place:Yerkes Observatory
Fee:$5.- per person
 $15.- per family

Participants will say farewell to winter constellations and hello to spring ones. If skies are clear, we will observe both with the unaided eye and through telescopes. Venus dominates the western sky. In the east, giant Jupiter with its four moons steals the show. The very bright constellation Orion and its Great Nebula hang nearby, close to Sirius, the brightest nighttime star. Come to see these and more!

Even if it is too cloudy to observe, there is much to do. Indoor activities include hands-on activities, presentations, and facility tours. The Yerkes tour features a look at, but not through, the 40-inch Great Refractor within the unheated 90-foot diameter dome.

Remember to dress appropriately for standing outdoors on a chilly night, with hats, mittens, scarves, winter coats and sturdy shoes. The cost will be $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets, please. If you wish, bring your own binoculars, digital cameras on a tripod, or telescope. We can help you to use them.

Click here for registration page.

M2 (NGC 7089) in Aquarius. Image taken for Hands On Universe at Yerkes Observatory 

with the 24-inch Telescope, August 28, 2000.

Register Now! April 11, 2015 S@Y Workshop - Summer Camp Sampler

posted Mar 28, 2015, 5:16 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:37 PM ]

Summer Camp Sampler - Stars at Yerkes Workshop - Saturday April 11, 2015

Come explore with us! Our next Stars at Yerkes teacher workshop will present a sampler of activities to be presented at our 2015 YAAYS Summer Camp. Hands-on activities and technology based lessons will be integrated to study asteroids and comets. Learn how you can take these lessons and share them with your students and youth groups.

Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.
Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Workshop will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost for the workshop is $35.00 and registration is suggested. Registration includes lunch.

Click here for registration form.

The next "killer asteroid" headed for Earth?  Modeling crater impacts shown here from previous camp activities.

- photo credit:  Margie Corp

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